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28
Nov

4 Reasons to Consider an Intervention During the Holidays

The holidays are a time when families look forward to getting together to enjoy the best of the season. This includes celebrating with music, food, and drink. During this festive time, you may be thinking about the year that has passed, as well as previous holiday seasons. In a number of families, there is someone...
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18
Nov

How to Avoid a Holiday Relapse

The holiday season is a time when family and friends look forward to spending time together. For people in recovery, this time of year presents a double-edged sword that can put them at higher risk for a relapse. There are more events where alcohol may be served, and this time of year can be stressful...
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13
Nov

Benefits of Aftercare Post Addiction Treatment

Addiction treatment doesn’t stop when a client completes¬†residential inpatient treatment. It would be unrealistic and unfair to send someone home without offering a plan for aftercare post addiction treatment and expect them to remain sober. The aftercare is an important part of the recovery plan, and this stage isn’t something that should be overlooked. How...
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30
Oct

Experiential Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Addiction treatment requires an individualized approach if it’s going to be successful in helping a client achieve sobriety. Cookie-cutter approaches don’t work for this type of chronic illness. Experiential therapy is one technique that may be part of an overall treatment plan. It may be used in conjunction with other therapies, such as individual counseling...
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16
Oct

What to Look for When Choosing a Sponsor in Recovery

Programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are based on the idea that support is a key component in healing from substance abuse. Sponsors are an important part of the program, since serving others is one of its foundations. You can work a 12-Step program without a sponsor, but many people find...
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01
Oct

What to Expect from Your First 12-Step Meeting

If you haven’t been to a 12-Step meeting before, you may be wondering what to expect from the experience. Walking into a new environment where you don’t know the other participants can definitely be a nerve-wracking experience, but recovery groups like Alcoholics Anonymous go out of their way to make any newcomers feel welcome. 12-Step...
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17
Sep

8 Myths About Opioids

At one time, doctors viewed opioids as effective, though highly dangerous, drugs. They were only used in specific situations, such as for patients who were terminally ill, who had just had surgery, or who had been severely injured. In the 1990s, opinions about this class of drugs changed, as pharmaceutical companies promoted their product as...
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13
Sep

5 Common Types of Depression Seen in People with a Substance Use Disorder

Depression isn’t just one type of disorder. Instead, there are different types of depression and each one has its own set of symptoms. It’s not the same thing as being “blue” or down, although being unable to enjoy hobbies and pastimes that used to bring pleasure is one of the signs of depression. Depression isn’t...
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27
Aug

10 Sober Date Ideas that Don’t Involve Drinking

Sober date ideas aren’t just a good idea for people in recovery. When you’re trying to get to know someone, alcohol may help to relieve a sense of nervousness, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you or your date will be revealing your true selves. Staying sober gives both of you the chance to get...
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